Meet Albert. He’s a walking, talking, never-ending dessert, and a typical Australian larrikin. His companions are a penguin (Sam Sawnoff), a sailor (Bill Barnacle) and a koala (Bunyip Bluegum) and his enemies are the puddin’ thieves – Wombat and Possum. Described as being somewhere between Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll, The Magic Pudding has captured the imagination of readers for almost a hundred years.
In 2013, Victorian Opera gives Norman Lindsay’s much loved Australian classic The Magic Pudding a unique voice in an opera for children. This brand new commission will bring together the witty and absurd world of The Magic Pudding with the soaring voices of the Victorian Youth Opera and our emerging talent. Following a limited world première season in Melbourne, The Magic Pudding - the opera embarks on a regional tour, engaging communities and children around Victoria. With Victorian Youth Opera’s history of sell-out seasons, audiences looking for a taste of this delightful production are advised to get in quick!
Concept & Direction
Victorian Youth Opera
Merlyn, The Cooper's Malthouse
1 hour with no interval
Regional Tour commences 22 October 2013. Find out more >
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The Magic Pudding - the opera embarks on a regional tour engaging communities and children around Victoria. Contact Melissa Harris, Education Manager on 03 012 6652 to find out more about this delicious opera.
MELBOURNE: Malthouse Theatre - Friday 4, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 October
WODONGA: The Cube Wodonga - Tuesday 22 October 2013
MILDURA: Mildura Arts Centre Friday 25 October
SHEPPARTON: Westside PAC - Tuesday 29 October
BALLARAT: Her Majesty's Theatre - Thursday 7 November
WARRAGUL: West Gippsland Arts Centre - Tuesday 12 November
Albert treats the cast and crew with a farewell song! We've had a fantastic time puddin' this show on the road, thank you to everyone who shared The Magic Pudding - the opera journey with us including Malthouse Theatre, The Cube Wodonga, Mildura Arts Centre, Westside Performing Arts Centre, Her Majesty's Ballarat and West Gippsland Arts Centre.
The Magic Pudding - the opera
The Magic Pudding - the opera is presented with kind permission of the copyright holders: H.C. & A. Glad. Image: © H.C. & A. Glad, 1918, from The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia.
Victorian Opera Youth Opera Patron Miss Betty Amsden OAM
Victorian Opera Education Syndicate
Victorian Opera New Work Syndicate
If you have missed out on your slice of the puddin', fear not! We've captured the magical story in our Behind the Curtain Blog >
We think Romany's (age 7) drawing of The Magic Pudding and Co could give Norman Lindsay's illustration a run for the money!
It’s all in a day’s work for Jeremy Kleeman who plays Albert the Pudding! The Victorian Opera team are in the throes of preparing for The Magic Pudding – the opera, but we managed to pull Jeremy away from rehearsals to chat to us about this exciting and much-loved story. Read our interview in the Behind the Curtain blog >
Baked Fruit Pudding Recipe
Sift flour and add vanilla to milk. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add egg. Add flour and milk alternately. Stir in fruit. Spoon into greased ovenproof dish.
Combine brown sugar and extra butter and water. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves and then pour over pudding. Bake in a moderate oven 30-40 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc.
There's a magic pudding running amuck in the office... here's just a slice of what to expect!